Macaluso, Roberto

Location: Palermo
Ministry: YouthMinistry
Mission Agency: Youth for Christ

Roberto was born and raised in Palermo and God called him to follow Jesus and serve Him at the age of 14 years old during a YFC summer camp. When he was 19 years old, he did a gap year in England with Youth For Christ Britain, and despite having planned to stay in the UK following this and get married to his now wife Kristin in 2016, he felt an undeniable call from the Lord to return to Sicily to serve him among teenagers. He continued to volunteer with every opportunity he got during his university years and began leading the youth group of his church. Kristin’s parents are British missionaries in Italy, so she grew up in a small town near Messina in Sicily. She got involved volunteering for Youth for Christ when she was 15. She took a gap year in the UAE after she finished school, and studied in Scotland where she did a Bible Teaching Training Course after completing her university studies. Roberto has completed a master’s degree in theology in January 2024.

Kristin and Roberto’s passion is to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to young people. They do this locally, serving their church as a youth pastor, meeting teenagers one to one, leading Bible studies and a girls club called “Wonder Woman” and organising youth events. They are also pioneering a local schools ministry and planning on starting a new evangelistic camp geared towards evangelism through sports and English. Roberto also serves part-time with Youth for Christ International as the online learning platform manager, and this role involves him training, teaching and assisting Youth for Christ staff from all around the world in using the online learning platform, Pathwright. With this tool they are able to train their staff and volunteers as well as provide resources to those who wouldn’t so easily have access to them.

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